Ugly looking subtitles

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MickM
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Ugly looking subtitles

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Description of problem or question:
I have a DVD (The Predator) from which I ripped the main movie via MDRP on the Mac. The file format is still VOB i.e. no compression was done, it's just the main movie with all the original audio and subtitle tracks. The subtitles are not burned into the video i.e. in VLC I can select which ever one I want and it displays just fine EXCEPT for the fact that the font is just plain ugly dot matrix looking thing - see this image:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0r2a28zc2xs6l ... t.png?dl=0
At this point, Handbrake isn't involved yet, but because my subtitles are soft I'm assuming the ugly font I'm seeing is either VLC's fault i.e. a lousy font default, or MDRP's fault for corrupting the font (although all MDRP did was pass through everything, so I'm doubting it's that).

Steps to reproduce the problem (If Applicable):
I now use Handbrake to compress the movie and burn in the (forced) subtitles in the few spots where a foreign language is spoken, but the resultant font is still the same ugly one. How can I get a good looking subtitle font burned into the video? What I have now is just unacceptable.

HandBrake version (e.g., 1.0.0):
1.5.1

Operating system and version (e.g., Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Windows 10 Creators Update):
macOS 11.6.2 Big Sur

HandBrake Activity Log ***required*** (see How-to get an activity log)

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[10:37:45] macgui: Handbrake Version: 1.5.1 (2022011000)
[10:37:45] Compile-time hardening features are enabled
[10:37:45] hb_init: starting libhb thread
[10:38:41] macgui: trying to open a package at: /Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia
[10:38:41] macgui: trying to open dvdmedia package
[10:38:41] macgui: ScanCore scanning titles with a duration of 10 seconds or more
[10:38:41] CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9880H CPU @ 2.30GHz
[10:38:41]  - Intel microarchitecture Kaby Lake
[10:38:41]  - logical processor count: 16
[10:38:41] hb_scan: path=/Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia, title_index=0
disc.c:437: error opening file BDMV/index.bdmv
disc.c:437: error opening file BDMV/BACKUP/index.bdmv
bluray.c:2646: nav_get_title_list(/Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia/) failed
[10:38:41] bd: not a bd - trying as a stream/file instead
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
libdvdnav: Can't read name block. Probably not a DVD-ROM device.
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
[10:38:41] scan: DVD has 1 title(s)
[10:38:41] scan: scanning title 1
[10:38:41] scan: duration is 01:46:51 (6411767 ms)
[10:38:41] pgc_id: 1, pgn: 1: pgc: 0x7fa81cd9c3a0
[10:38:41] scan: checking audio 1
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x80bd, lang=English (AC3), 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking audio 2
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x81bd, lang=English (AC3), 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking audio 3
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x82bd, lang=español (AC3), 3cc=spa ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking audio 4
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x83bd, lang=Francais (AC3), 3cc=fra ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 1
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x20bd, lang=English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 2
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x21bd, lang=English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 3
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x22bd, lang=English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 4
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x23bd, lang=español (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=spa ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 5
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x24bd, lang=español (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=spa ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 6
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x25bd, lang=Francais (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=fra ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 7
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x26bd, lang=Francais (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=fra ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 8
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x27bd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 9
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x28bd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 10
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x29bd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 11
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x2abd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 12
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x2bbd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 13
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x2cbd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: checking subtitle 14
[10:38:41] scan: id=0x2dbd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:38:41] scan: title 1 has 33 chapters
[10:38:41] scan: chap 1, 120667 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 2, 391266 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 3, 72133 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 4, 241834 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 5, 141567 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 6, 87166 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 7, 164467 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 8, 279900 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 9, 154000 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 10, 213433 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 11, 312767 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 12, 96934 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 13, 101800 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 14, 291633 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 15, 280333 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 16, 242533 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 17, 315000 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 18, 84100 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 19, 197266 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 20, 200333 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 21, 193600 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 22, 155500 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 23, 208734 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 24, 176600 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 25, 151867 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 26, 103834 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 27, 239633 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 28, 225934 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 29, 79033 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 30, 173667 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 31, 291000 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 32, 416600 ms
[10:38:41] scan: chap 33, 6900 ms
[10:38:41] scan: aspect = 16:9
error: dvdnav: Can not set dvd menu, No such menu or menu not reachable.
[10:38:41] scan: decoding previews for title 1
[10:38:41] scan: title angle(s) 1
[10:38:41] scan: audio 0x80bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=448000 English (AC3) (5.1 ch) (448 kbps)
[10:38:41] scan: audio 0x82bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=192000 español (AC3) (2.0 ch) (192 kbps)
[10:38:41] scan: audio 0x83bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=192000 Francais (AC3) (2.0 ch) (192 kbps)
[10:38:41] scan: audio 0x81bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=384000 English (AC3) (5.1 ch) (384 kbps)
[10:38:42] scan: 10 previews, 720x480, 23.976 fps, autocrop = 60/60/0/0, aspect 16:9, PAR 32:27, color profile: 6-1-6, chroma location: left
[10:38:42] libhb: scan thread found 1 valid title(s)
[10:38:42] macgui: ScanCore scan done
[10:40:52] decomb: deinterlaced 1 | blended 0 | unfiltered 0 | total 1
[10:42:25] Compile-time hardening features are enabled
[10:42:26] hb_init: starting libhb thread
[10:42:26] macgui: fr.handbrake.HandBrakeXPCService scanning specifically for title: 1
[10:42:26] CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9880H CPU @ 2.30GHz
[10:42:26]  - Intel microarchitecture Kaby Lake
[10:42:26]  - logical processor count: 16
[10:42:26] hb_scan: path=/Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia, title_index=1
disc.c:437: error opening file BDMV/index.bdmv
disc.c:437: error opening file BDMV/BACKUP/index.bdmv
bluray.c:2646: nav_get_title_list(/Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia/) failed
[10:42:26] bd: not a bd - trying as a stream/file instead
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
libdvdnav: Can't read name block. Probably not a DVD-ROM device.
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
[10:42:26] scan: DVD has 1 title(s)
[10:42:26] scan: scanning title 1
[10:42:26] scan: duration is 01:46:51 (6411767 ms)
[10:42:26] pgc_id: 1, pgn: 1: pgc: 0x7facbb70d0e0
[10:42:26] scan: checking audio 1
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x80bd, lang=English (AC3), 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking audio 2
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x81bd, lang=English (AC3), 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking audio 3
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x82bd, lang=español (AC3), 3cc=spa ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking audio 4
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x83bd, lang=Francais (AC3), 3cc=fra ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 1
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x20bd, lang=English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 2
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x21bd, lang=English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 3
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x22bd, lang=English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=eng ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 4
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x23bd, lang=español (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=spa ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 5
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x24bd, lang=español (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=spa ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 6
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x25bd, lang=Francais (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=fra ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 7
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x26bd, lang=Francais (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=fra ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 8
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x27bd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 9
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x28bd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 10
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x29bd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 11
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x2abd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 12
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x2bbd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 13
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x2cbd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: checking subtitle 14
[10:42:26] scan: id=0x2dbd, lang=Unknown (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB], 3cc=und ext=0
[10:42:26] scan: title 1 has 33 chapters
[10:42:26] scan: chap 1, 120667 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 2, 391266 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 3, 72133 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 4, 241834 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 5, 141567 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 6, 87166 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 7, 164467 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 8, 279900 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 9, 154000 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 10, 213433 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 11, 312767 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 12, 96934 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 13, 101800 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 14, 291633 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 15, 280333 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 16, 242533 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 17, 315000 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 18, 84100 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 19, 197266 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 20, 200333 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 21, 193600 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 22, 155500 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 23, 208734 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 24, 176600 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 25, 151867 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 26, 103834 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 27, 239633 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 28, 225934 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 29, 79033 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 30, 173667 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 31, 291000 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 32, 416600 ms
[10:42:26] scan: chap 33, 6900 ms
[10:42:26] scan: aspect = 16:9
[10:42:26] scan: decoding previews for title 1
[10:42:26] scan: title angle(s) 1
[10:42:26] scan: audio 0x80bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=448000 English (AC3) (5.1 ch) (448 kbps)
[10:42:26] scan: audio 0x82bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=192000 español (AC3) (2.0 ch) (192 kbps)
[10:42:26] scan: audio 0x83bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=192000 Francais (AC3) (2.0 ch) (192 kbps)
[10:42:26] scan: audio 0x81bd: ac3, rate=48000Hz, bitrate=384000 English (AC3) (5.1 ch) (384 kbps)
[10:42:26] scan: 10 previews, 720x480, 23.976 fps, autocrop = 60/60/0/0, aspect 16:9, PAR 32:27, color profile: 6-1-6, chroma location: left
[10:42:26] libhb: scan thread found 1 valid title(s)
[10:42:26] macgui: fr.handbrake.HandBrakeXPCService scan done
[10:42:26] macgui: fr.handbrake.HandBrakeXPCService started encoding Predator 4 - The Predator.m4v
[10:42:26] macgui: fr.handbrake.HandBrakeXPCService with preset Super HQ 480p30 Surround (Modified)
[10:42:26] Starting work at: Mon Jan 17 10:42:26 2022

[10:42:26] 1 job(s) to process
[10:42:26] Starting Task: Subtitle Scan
[10:42:26] Skipping vfr filter
[10:42:26] work: only 1 chapter, disabling chapter markers
[10:42:26] job configuration:
[10:42:26]  * source
[10:42:26]    + /Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia
[10:42:26]    + title 1, chapter(s) 3 to 3
[10:42:26]  * destination
[10:42:26]    + /Users/mick/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.m4v
[10:42:26]    + container: MPEG-4 (libavformat)
[10:42:26]      + align initial A/V stream timestamps
[10:42:26]  * video track
[10:42:26]    + decoder: mpeg2video 8-bit (yuv420p)
[10:42:26]      + bitrate 200 kbps
[10:42:26]    + filters
[10:42:26]      + Comb Detect (mode=3:spatial-metric=2:motion-thresh=1:spatial-thresh=1:filter-mode=2:block-thresh=40:block-width=16:block-height=16)
[10:42:26]      + Decomb (mode=39)
[10:42:26]      + Crop and Scale (width=720:height=360:crop-top=60:crop-bottom=60:crop-left=0:crop-right=0)
[10:42:26]        + source: 720 * 480, crop (60/60/0/0): 720 * 360, scale: 720 * 360
[10:42:26]    + Output geometry
[10:42:26]      + storage dimensions: 720 x 360
[10:42:26]      + pixel aspect ratio: 32 : 27
[10:42:26]      + display dimensions: 853 x 360
[10:42:26]  * Foreign Audio Search: Render/Burn-in, Forced Only
[10:42:26]    + subtitle, English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB] (track 0, id 0x20bd, Picture)
[10:42:26]    + subtitle, English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB] (track 1, id 0x21bd, Picture)
[10:42:26]    + subtitle, English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB] (track 2, id 0x22bd, Picture)
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
libdvdnav: Can't read name block. Probably not a DVD-ROM device.
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
[10:42:26] sync: expecting 1729 video frames
[10:42:27] reader: end of chapter 3 (media 3) reached at media chapter 4
[10:42:27] reader: done. 1 scr changes
[10:42:27] work: average encoding speed for job is 0.000000 fps
[10:42:27] comb detect: heavy 0 | light 0 | uncombed 0 | total 0
[10:42:27] decomb: deinterlaced 0 | blended 0 | unfiltered 0 | total 0
[10:42:27] mpeg2video-decoder done: 0 frames, 1 decoder errors
[10:42:27] sync: got 0 frames, 1729 expected
[10:42:27] Subtitle track 0 (id 0x20bd) 'English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB]': 1 hits (1 forced)
[10:42:27] Subtitle track 1 (id 0x21bd) 'English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB]': 1 hits (1 forced)
[10:42:27] Subtitle track 2 (id 0x22bd) 'English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB]': 16 hits (0 forced)
[10:42:27] Found a subtitle candidate with id 0x20bd (contains forced subs)
[10:42:27] Starting Task: Encoding Pass
[10:42:27] Skipping vfr filter
[10:42:27] work: only 1 chapter, disabling chapter markers
[10:42:27] job configuration:
[10:42:27]  * source
[10:42:27]    + /Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia
[10:42:27]    + title 1, chapter(s) 3 to 3
[10:42:27]  * destination
[10:42:27]    + /Users/mick/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.m4v
[10:42:27]    + container: MPEG-4 (libavformat)
[10:42:27]      + align initial A/V stream timestamps
[10:42:27]  * video track
[10:42:27]    + decoder: mpeg2video 8-bit (yuv420p)
[10:42:27]      + bitrate 200 kbps
[10:42:27]    + filters
[10:42:27]      + Comb Detect (mode=3:spatial-metric=2:motion-thresh=1:spatial-thresh=1:filter-mode=2:block-thresh=40:block-width=16:block-height=16)
[10:42:27]      + Decomb (mode=39)
[10:42:27]      + Subtitle renderer ()
[10:42:27]      + Crop and Scale (width=720:height=360:crop-top=60:crop-bottom=60:crop-left=0:crop-right=0)
[10:42:27]        + source: 720 * 480, crop (60/60/0/0): 720 * 360, scale: 720 * 360
[10:42:27]    + Output geometry
[10:42:27]      + storage dimensions: 720 x 360
[10:42:27]      + pixel aspect ratio: 32 : 27
[10:42:27]      + display dimensions: 853 x 360
[10:42:27]    + encoder: H.264 (libx264)
[10:42:27]      + preset:  veryslow
[10:42:27]      + options: ref=5:bframes=5
[10:42:27]      + profile: high
[10:42:27]      + level:   3.1
[10:42:27]      + quality: 16.00 (RF)
[10:42:27]      + color profile: 6-1-6
[10:42:27]      + chroma location: left
[10:42:27]  * subtitle track 1, English (Wide Screen) [VOBSUB] (track 0, id 0x20bd, Picture) -> Render/Burn-in, Forced Only
[10:42:27]  * audio track 1
[10:42:27]    + decoder: English (AC3) (5.1 ch) (448 kbps) (track 1, id 0x80bd)
[10:42:27]      + bitrate: 448 kbps, samplerate: 48000 Hz
[10:42:27]    + AC3 Passthru
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
libdvdnav: Can't read name block. Probably not a DVD-ROM device.
libdvdread: Couldn't find device name.
[10:42:28] sync: expecting 1729 video frames
[10:42:28] encx264: min-keyint: 24, keyint: 240
[10:42:28] encx264: encoding at constant RF 16.000000
[10:42:28] encx264: unparsed options: ref=5:bframes=5:level=3.1:b-adapt=2:direct=auto:analyse=all:me=umh:merange=24:subme=10:trellis=2:vbv-bufsize=17500:vbv-maxrate=17500:rc-lookahead=60
x264 [info]: using SAR=32/27
x264 [info]: using cpu capabilities: MMX2 SSE2Fast SSSE3 SSE4.2 AVX FMA3 BMI2 AVX2
x264 [info]: profile High, level 3.1, 4:2:0, 8-bit
[10:42:28] sync: first pts audio 0x80bd is 0
[10:42:28] sync: first pts video is 25920
[10:42:28] sync: "Chapter 3" (3) at frame 1 time 25920
[10:42:33] sync: first pts subtitle 0x20bd is 1959852
[10:42:46] reader: end of chapter 3 (media 3) reached at media chapter 4
[10:42:46] reader: done. 1 scr changes
[10:42:48] work: average encoding speed for job is 89.817116 fps
[10:42:48] comb detect: heavy 10 | light 24 | uncombed 1695 | total 1729
[10:42:48] decomb: deinterlaced 10 | blended 24 | unfiltered 1695 | total 1729
[10:42:48] ac3-decoder done: 2256 frames, 0 decoder errors
[10:42:48] mpeg2video-decoder done: 1729 frames, 0 decoder errors
[10:42:48] sync: got 1729 frames, 1729 expected
[10:42:48] sync: framerate min 23.976 fps, max 29.970 fps, avg 23.979 fps
x264 [info]: frame I:24    Avg QP:13.85  size: 54535
x264 [info]: frame P:413   Avg QP:17.44  size: 17915
x264 [info]: frame B:1292  Avg QP:21.45  size:  3994
x264 [info]: consecutive B-frames:  2.5%  4.4% 11.8% 27.1% 24.0% 30.2%
x264 [info]: mb I  I16..4:  2.7% 72.7% 24.6%
x264 [info]: mb P  I16..4:  0.8% 12.9%  2.4%  P16..4: 36.8% 23.7% 17.1%  1.7%  0.6%    skip: 4.0%
x264 [info]: mb B  I16..4:  0.1%  1.0%  0.3%  B16..8: 37.1% 11.2%  3.6%  direct: 6.5%  skip:40.3%  L0:38.0% L1:38.5% BI:23.5%
x264 [info]: 8x8 transform intra:77.6% inter:60.0%
x264 [info]: direct mvs  spatial:99.5% temporal:0.5%
x264 [info]: coded y,uvDC,uvAC intra: 90.1% 91.8% 73.3% inter: 26.8% 21.5% 6.4%
x264 [info]: i16 v,h,dc,p: 22% 18%  4% 55%
x264 [info]: i8 v,h,dc,ddl,ddr,vr,hd,vl,hu: 25% 11%  7%  6%  9% 12%  8% 12%  9%
x264 [info]: i4 v,h,dc,ddl,ddr,vr,hd,vl,hu: 24%  8%  4%  7% 12% 15% 10% 11%  9%
x264 [info]: i8c dc,h,v,p: 36% 19% 29% 17%
x264 [info]: Weighted P-Frames: Y:2.7% UV:0.2%
x264 [info]: ref P L0: 59.9% 13.2% 15.0%  5.9%  5.7%  0.3%
x264 [info]: ref B L0: 87.8%  8.6%  2.8%  0.8%
x264 [info]: ref B L1: 97.4%  2.6%
x264 [info]: kb/s:1538.42
[10:42:48] mux: track 0, 1729 frames, 13866580 bytes, 1532.10 kbps, fifo 2048
[10:42:48] mux: track 1, 2256 frames, 4042080 bytes, 446.60 kbps, fifo 2048
[10:42:48] Finished work at: Mon Jan 17 10:42:48 2022

[10:42:48] libhb: work result = 0
[10:42:49] macgui: Queue Done, there are no more pending encodes
[10:42:49] macgui: fr.handbrake.HandBrakeXPCService work done
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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VOBSUB subtitles are pictures, generated by the author of the video. What you see is what you had.

If you want better, you will have to find a Substation Alpha subtitle that was done by someone who cares enough to do it right, since the disk author apparently didn't.
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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Thanks. Interestingly, I see this exact same crappy font for forced subtitles on many, many DVDs that have brief sections of foreign language. You're effectively saying the extent to which the DVD authors don't care is apparently quite widespread - that's (annoyingly) amazing!

If I use MDRP on the Mac to compress the movie, instead of just extracting the main movie, then I get beautiful looking subtitles. Based on what you're saying, it sounds like MDRP is scouring the internet for those subtitle pictures, and using those instead.

Sadly, I have many thousands DVD files and I just can't remember which movies have forced subtitles that might require special treatment. I can't tolerate that ugly font, so that sort of backs me into a corner of using a compression program that also *automatically* looks for those SSA subtitles. I've never used such subtitles before, so I have some learning to do. I briefly looked at Handbrake and it appears it can't handle external subtitle files, although I did see that HandbrakeCLI could. Given that I want to batch automate the compression of my DVD library, how can I incorporate the *automatically* locating of those SSA files into my flow? I can't use MDRP because it's only GUI driven so I'd have to do each file manually (which is a non-starter). Given that I'm a Mac user, I'd appreciate any volunteered solutions for that platform if possible. It would be perfect if HandbrakeCLI could do that!
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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Can you post a screenshot of MDRP subtitles?
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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It's entirely possible that MDRP is doing smoothing on the subtitle pictures. I'm not familiar with the application, so I cannot say.

Another possibility is that the font, while tagged as "widescreen", was composed for a 4:3 display, then squashed to fit 16:9. It does look vertically compressed.
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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I wonder if HB is squashing the subtitles. If you turn of cropping what does it look like?
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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I simply don't see either of those possibilities as possible - sorry :-). Why wouldn't you think it's an alternative SSA subtitle like you originally suggested? I'm going to take a look through MDRP's logs and see if there's something interesting to report there. Stay tuned... (BTW: MDRP = Mac DVDRipper Pro)
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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No program is going out and collecting subtitles automatically.
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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So I looked at the MDRP log file and rummaged around inside the MDRP package on the Mac. It looks like MDRP is doing OCR on the subtitles. Within its package contents it appears to have a modified version of HandBrakeCLI that can accept the option:
--subtitle-ocr <socket_name>

Here's some pertinent text from the log file:

2022-01-17 13:42:54.460 MDRP[11708:19478701] handbrake args: (
"--verbose=9",
"--deinterlace",
fast,
"--markers",
"-t",
1,
"-i",
"/Volumes/video/Users/video/Movies/Predator 4 - The Predator.dvdmedia/VIDEO_TS",
"-o",
"/Users/mick/Movies/The Predator (en o en forced only).ripping",
"-f",
mkv,
"-e",
x265,
"--comb-detect",
"--deinterlace",
"-t",
1,
"-c",
"3-3",
"-q",
"20.0",
"-X",
720,
"--loose-anamorphic",
"-a",
"1,1",
"-E",
"faac,copy:ac3",
"-B",
"160,160",
"-6",
"stereo,auto",
"-R",
"Auto,Auto",
"-D",
"0.0,0.0",
"-s",
1,
"--subtitle-forced=1",
"--subtitle-default=1",
************************************************************************************************* (I added this line)
"--subtitle-ocr",
"/tmp/mdrp_ocr_socket_11708"
************************************************************************************************* (I added this line)
)


and a little further on:

"Subtitle": {
"Search": {
"Burn": true,
"Default": false,
"Enable": false,
"Forced": false
},
"SubtitleList": [
{
"Burn": false,
"Default": true,
"Forced": true,
"Ocr": "/tmp/mdrp_ocr_socket_11708",
"Track": 0
}

and a little further on:


[13:42:55] decvobsub: opening /tmp/mdrp_ocr_socket_11708 for ocr
[13:42:55] sync: expecting 1729 video frames
[13:42:55] thread 70000eef6000 started ("Audio Synchronization")
[13:42:55] thread 70000ef79000 started ("Audio Synchronization")
[13:42:55] thread 70000effc000 started ("Subitle Synchronization")
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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There you go then, if MDRP is ocring then it may be using a better font.
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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Well, yes - that was fully implied with my post.
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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Anyway, just to get closure on this topic, the only way I can think of to automate the compression of my video library is to pass nicer looking SSA subtitles/pictures into HandBrakeCLI, but that spawns another issue in that I don't know how to automate that. MDRP extracts the DVD's fingerprint (whatever that is):

2022-01-17 13:42:29.598 MDRP[11708:19478469] fingerprint: BCFD1387-905D-8708-5D98-A0A7D0579D0E
2022-01-17 13:42:29.598 MDRP[11708:19478294] getDiscInfoForFingerprint: BCFD1387-905D-8708-5D98-A0A7D0579D0E, allowDI: 0

and from there it can apparently get cover art etc. Presumably that fingerprint could also be used to get SSA subtitles? Presumably then there exists a program that accepts that fingerprint as an argument and gets SSA subtitles? I'm out of my league here - bottom line, I'm still stuck with no good batch solution to compress my library. Sigh.

Say - I recall there a way in HandBrakeCLI to detect foreign language subtitles (using some 10% threshold or whatever). Is there a way to abort the compression if such a subtitle is detected? That will at least allow me to deal with most of my library that doesn't have subtitles, leaving behind stuff I could tolerate doing one by one using MDRP.
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Re: Ugly looking subtitles

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Just bumping this thread in the hopes of getting an answer to my last question. I simply can't remember every movie that has forced subtitles. Is there a way in HandBrakeCLI to detect the existence of these so my script can separately deal with those movies?
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